Adrian Newey has revealed a secret belief that the long-gone Leyton House team could have enjoyed the sort of success he is now a part of at Red Bull Racing.
The man behind this year's championship-winning RB6 - and the successful Red Bull cars that preceded it - was briefly technical director at the Japanese-financed, March-equipped Leyton House in 1990. His stay was shorter even than the team's and, despite going on to enjoy copious success with Williams, McLaren and, latterly, Red Bull, he has always reckoned that the distinctively aqua-hued cars - driven to their best results by Ivan Capelli and Mauricio Gugelmin - could have gone on to greater things.
Although a key part of McLaren's return to the front of the field in the late 1990s, Newey always hankered after the chance to build up a relative minnow into a success story and, having considered quitting F1 for the world of yacht racing, he accepted the chance play a major role in Red Bull's attempt to rival the sport's giants.
"Certainly, part of the motivation in joining Red Bull in the first place was to see whether, put back in that position again and being involved in the team from the start, it's possible to achieve what I believe we could have done with Leyton House had we had the opportunity," he said, "For a while, I looked outside the sport, at yachting, but then I realised that fresh challenge could be achieved by joining a new team and trying to achieve what we set out to achieve at Leyton House all those years ago."
Finally achieving a first title with RBR, in the shape of the constructors' crown the team claimed last weekend in Brazil, Newey admits that the success easily rivals his previous triumphs.
"This one has been very special," he concedes, "In joining Red Bull, the challenge was to join a team almost from the start and be involved with everybody else in trying to develop the infrastructure. That, if I'm perfectly honest, was a bigger challenge than I anticipated when I first joined and it has been hugely satisfying to get it to the point where we have achieved that."